Dr. Starr Banks PT, DPT
Master's in Public Health
Women's Health: pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, pain with intercourse, diastasis recti, postpartum screening, prolapse
Starr took an unconventional path to becoming a physical therapist. Her story began in 2005 when she embarked on a year-long solo backpacking adventure through Central America and Mexico. While in the highlands of Guatemala, she had the opportunity to volunteer as an assistant in an organization that offered free physical and occupational therapy services to community members with disabilities. Therapeutic services were provided by licensed, volunteer therapists from the U.S. and Canada. She remembers thinking to herself, “Whoa, these people and this organization are amazing! I want to create or do something like this to help others!” Her experience served as a catalyst for eventually entering the public health sector and subsequently, the physical therapy profession.
Upon returning to the U.S. and moving to California with a whole new perspective on life and her purpose, Starr attended the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health and received a master of public health (MPH) degree in 2009. During her studies at UCLA, she garnered a passion for reproductive health and received the Bixby Certificate on Population and Reproductive Health. She also completed a public health internship in Kampala, Uganda related to adolescent reproductive health issues. After receiving her MPH degree, Starr moved back to her hometown of Atlanta for a position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, after five years at CDC, Starr realized working at the macro/population-level was not fulfilling her desire to connect with and help others. It finally hit her that she wanted to be like those volunteer therapists working in Guatemala and work directly with people! Hence, she went back to school and attended Georgia State University for a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) degree.
As a physical therapist, Starr’s passion for reproductive health naturally sparked her interest in all things pelvic health-related. She completed a women’s health mentorship after graduating with her DPT and received specialty training from the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute for treating pelvic health and postpartum conditions. She is an advocate for her patients and believes strongly in providing care that helps to empower people on their healing and wellness journey through extensive education and a patient-centered approach. In addition to pelvic health, she has experience with treating both orthopedic and neurological injuries. Starr is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)-Pelvic Health and Neurology sections. Acknowledging the power of the mind-body connection in the healing process, she is also currently pursuing a 200-hour yoga teacher certification.
When not treating patients, Starr tries to spend as much time as she can outdoors either walking, running, hiking, kayaking, or just staring at nature. She is also constantly dreaming about and planning her next travel adventure. She’s a proud mama to 30+ house plants and a small garden.